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GRHA Newsletter  Week of March 14, 2014    [email protected]    478-552-3620

Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA) is the oldest state rural health association in the country. Founded in 1981, this nonprofit network of healthcare providers, educators, and individuals is united in its commitment to improve the health and healthcare services of rural Georgians. Join now!

FY 2014 GRHA Board of Directors


Dr. Ann Addison

Immediate Past President

Denise Kornegay

President Elect

Shelly Spires

Vice- President

Dr. Mary Mathis


Sheila Freeman


Laura Bland 

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Charles Owens

Chuck Adams

Monty M. Veazey

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Sam Johnson

Sherrie Williams

John Butts

Matt Caseman 


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The Healthcare Georgia Foundation has released their

2014 Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the General Operating Grant Program.


Online applications for this grantmaking program are due by April 2, 2014 (3:00 p.m. EST). Please refer to the NOFA on the Foundation's website for guidelines on submitting applications.


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Rural areas may get basic-service hospitals 

By: Andy Miller

Published: March 13, 2014

Rural health care may get a needed boost under a proposed regulation change that would allow a hospital to downsize its services, the commissioner of a Georgia health agency said Thursday.


Clyde Reese, commissioner of the Department of Community Health, said he would ask the board of the agency to promulgate rules for such a "step-down'' facility. Reese, speaking at a meeting of the board, said Gov. Nathan Deal would make an announcement on rural health care next week.

Commissioner Clyde Reese


Reese did not expand on those remarks. But industry officials told GHN that the Community Health proposal likely would allow a rural hospital that has recently closed - or one that's currently struggling to survive - to downsize to a facility that includes an emergency room, surgery and childbirth services.

Georgia Senate panel green lights bill restricting state Obamacare help

MORRIS NEWS SERVICEpublished Thursday, March 13, 2014

ATLANTA - The Senate Insurance and Labor Committee voted unanimously Thursday in support of House Bill 707 that seeks to block state entities from helping to implement the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.


Also on Thursday, the House added that bill to a separate bill already passed by the Senate to double the chances the Senate would pass the provisions of HB 707.


The Senate committee never held a hearing in which witnesses could testify and it quickly approved the bill without changes or discussion. It was done on the last day the committee could consider it in time for a full Senate vote during the remaining two days of this year's legislative session.


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Medicaid Expansion Bill Clears Senate Committee Without Attachment

Before House Bill 990 was approved, Senate Health and Human Services Committee chair Renee Unterman attempted to attach separate legislation calling for a partial privatization of the state's foster care system. But Senate President Pro Tem David Schafer requested the bills be kept separate.

Life and Death in a Small Town

By Alan Morgan - National Rural Health Association


John Cougar Mellencamp sang in his 1985 hit song Small Town, "I was born in a small town... probably die in a small town." Unfortunately for John, it also appears that he will probably die sooner in a small town.


A study published last month in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine by Dr. Gopal Singh examines the trends in life expectancy disparities between rural and urban areas in the United States between 1969 and 2009. The article finds that the disparity has increased since 1990, because life expectancy has grown more rapidly in urban than in rural areas.


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With support from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation,  GCCN is producing a series of webinars through their HealthTec distance learning program during 2014. The first of six is next Tuesday, March 18 at 11:00 am



Leveraging Strategic Partnerships and Alliances



Tuesday, March 18, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM (EST)


The Tri-State Telehealth Advancement Network (TITAN) is a HRSA-funded AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) training program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. TITAN is designed to build the capacity of non-Ryan-White-funded providers caring for 25 or fewer patients living with HIV in rural and underserved areas in SC, GA, and NC, using technology-based education and training programs, consultative support, and patient co-management.
Mark Your Calendar


Georgia Partnership for Telehealth

5th Annual Spring Conference

March 19-22, 2014

Omni Hotel at CNN Center

100 CNN Center

Atlanta, GA 30303



National Rural Health Association

37th Annual Rural Health Conference 

April 22-25

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Matt Caseman